Here, we fetch up California badger hunting seasons, laws, and hunting locations. Also see our page for badger trapping.
Definitions for California Badger Hunting Seasons
For California badger hunting seasons, a badger is defined as a Furbearing Mammals. Warning shot!!! Rules for Mammals apply, but rules for Big Game Mammals, Resident Game Mammals and Nongame Mammals” do not apply. See FGC § 4000.
Hunting License for California Badger Hunting Seasons
To hunt badger during the California badger hunting seasons, you must have a Hunting License from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. To trap badger, and all other Furbearing Mammal or Nongame Mammals, you also need a Trapping License.
California Badger Hunting Seasons
The California badger hunting seasons for hunting are from November 16 through the last day of February (11/16 – 2/28, 2017). See 14 CCR § 461(a).
Possession and Bag Limit for California Badger Hunting Seasons
Warning shot!!! If you injure or trap one during the California badger hunting seasons, you have to kill it and add it to your daily bag limit. See 14 CCR § 251.5(c).
Under very limited circumstances, you may possess a live badger. However, you have to meet minimum facility and caging standards for housing them at a permanent facilities. See 14 CCR § 671.3(a)(10).
Hunting Methods for California Badger Hunting Seasons
In this section, you’ll find info about methods of hunting during the California badger hunting seasons: archery, property damage, contests, dogs, firearms, harassment, herding & driving, infrared, lights, live animals, poison, and traps.
If you’re a landowner or tenant, and badger is causing property damage, you can kill it any time, day or night, and in any manner. If someone else does it for you at night, they’ll need your written permission before using more than 9 volts of artificial light. After it’s killed, you have to notify the closest CDFW office. In the alternative, the CDFW might be willing to send an employee to kill if for you too.
Warning shot!!! If you kill a badger in this manner, you can’t sell the raw fun. If traps are used, they have to be checked and emptied daily. See FGC § 3005(d), FGC § 4180, FGC § 4181, and 14 CCR § 264.5.
Bows and Crossbows
In general, you can take / kill Furbearing Mammal, including badger, with a bow and arrow. See FGC § 4002 and 14 CCR § 465. With a Disabled Archer’s Permit, you can also use a crossbow. See 14 CCR § 354(j).
In general, you hold a badger hunting or trapping contest, tournament, or derby. However, it’s illegal to offer participants any kind of prize or reward. See 14 CCR § 465(b).
In general, you can use dogs to hunt and trap Furbearing Mammal, including bader, during the California badger hunting seasons. Warning shot!!! This rule does not apply in areas closed to dogs. Link to our summary for dog-related rules, and see FGC § 4002 and 14 CCR § 465.
In general, firearms are allowed for hunting Furbearing Mammal, including badger, during the California badger hunting seasons. Warning shot!!! You can only use nonleaded ammo. See FGC § 4002, 14 CCR § 250.1, and 14 CCR § 465.
Herding & Driving
In general, you can use lights to hunt and trap Furbearing Mammal, including badger, but it depends on your location.
Zones 1 and 2
In the Zone 1 and Zone 2, you can use lights of any size or voltage but:
- First, you can’t use them during the general deer season,
- Second, you can’t use them from a moving vehicle or with the motor on, and
- Third, you can’t use them if the vehicle is on a public road or highway.
See 14 CCR § 264 for zone descriptions.
Balance of State
Outside of Zone 1 and Zone two, you can still use lights with the restrictions listed below.
- First, the batteries have to be nine volts or less (hand-held and headlights are okay).
- Second, you have to be on foot.
- Third, you cannot use them from a vehicle.
- Fourth, they can’t be powered from any other source.
There is another exception when badger are causing property damage (see “Any Manner”).
In general, a permit is required to take Furbearing Mammal in California with poison. Applications are available from the CDFW. It must indicate the kind of poison desired to be used and the time and place of use. See FGC § 4002, FGC § 4003, and 14 CCR § 465.
See our page for badger trapping.
Shooting Hours for California Badger Hunting Seasons
Furbearing Mammals may be hunted at any hour of the day or night except that they may not be taken between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise in the area described in Section 474(a) of these regulations. See 14 CCR § 466.
Purchase and Sale
In general, it’s illegal to buy or sell birds and mammals taken from the wild. There’s an exception for Nongame Mammals and Furbearing Mammals, which includes badgers trapped during the California badger trapping seasons. You can buy and sell handcrafted items made from the badger, including the carcass. See FGC § 3039(b).
If you killed the badger with a trapping license, you can also sell the raw fur. If you’re in the business of buying, selling, trading, or dealing raw fur, you’ll need a dealer license. If you’re a domesticated breeder, you don’t need a dealer license. See summary for Buying and Selling Birds and Mammals; and FGC §§ 4030, 4034, 4036, and 4042.
Violations for California Badger Hunting Seasons
If you get charged with a potential hunting violation, we’re here to help. Contact our Attorney for a free consultation.
If you get convicted of a hunting violation, you could loose your Trapping License. You wouldn’t be able to trap any Furbearing Mammals or Nongame Mammals for up to three years. In fact, it would be illegal to even apply for a trapping license during that time. See FGC § 12156.
Hunting Areas for California Badger Hunting Seasons
In this section, you’ll find public areas where you might find badger during the California badger hunting seasons.
In general, it’s illegal to take any mammal from a game refuge unless it’s specifically allowed. Trapping is specifically allowed on all “Type C” wildlife areas. Warning shots!!! Make sure you follow all the rules for California badger hunting seasons and any special rules at the wildlife area, like closures and firearm restrictions. See FGC § 10500 [generally not allowed], 14 CCR § 550(ee), 14 CCR § 551(o), 14 CCR § 551(r).
Here are a few wildlife areas where the CDFW indicates that you can find badger: